Cambridge University English Country Dance Club

English Country Dancing offers a wide variety of dances, from lively and energetic to smooth and graceful, set to delightful tunes from a wide range of composers from Trad through Henry Purcell and Handel and Mozart to many modern composers writing specifically for dancing. Some dances are easy, others are more of a challenge, but they are all taught and called, so you don't need to have any previous experience of the form. All are welcome to join us; you don't need to come with a partner, and we usually change partners for each dance anyway.

The Weekly Round meets every Thursday in Full Term, 8.00–10.00 p.m., in the Wesley Church Hall, King Street.
Your first two visits to the weekly Round are free, and you get a free session whenever you bring a friend who hasn’t been before.
No partner or experience required.

The Easter Term weekly meetings will continue until Thursday, 13th June. See the Diary page for details of other events.

The Playford Ball will be on Saturday, 16 June 2019 at the Storey’s Field Centre with Contrasaurus.
Tickets are £10/£15 available only in advance. See the Playford Ball page for more details.

The May Week Ceilidh will be on Thursday, 20 June 2019 with Moon Carrot
in The Old Library, Emmanuel College. 8pm, £5.00/£8.00. No partner or experience required.

Don’t forget to sign up to the Round mailing list! To join, go to lists.cam.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/soc-round.

Club stuff

About the Round
Diary of events
The Big Round Band
The Playford Ball
The Punt Party
The Summer Round
The Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival
Maps to meetings and events
Mailing lists you should be on
Links to further information
Our constitution
Our etiquette guide
Core repertoire of dances
Hugh’s history of the Round
Dance history of dances called at the weekly Round
The Old Round, History of London Pride
Web site credits

Dance and music resources

Index of resources on this site
What are Playford dances? Includes a Playford family tree
Elements of English Country Dance (comprehensive explanation of Country Dance terminology)
Dancing well is more fun
A definitive answer about Siding
Notes on Calling
The Perfect Caller
Teaching points
Palmer’s Pocket Playford (an aide-memoire of common Playford dances)
Kentucky Running Set (as danced by the Round)
The Country Dance Book (original Cecil Sharp publications which started all of this)
The Round Band Book of Playford (music to Palmer’s Pocket Playford)
FAQs for schoolteachers

picture of a weekly meeting

Please report any problems with this site (missing pages, broken links, errors in information, etc., etc.) to the webmaster, currently ajs1 at cam dot ac dot uk. General enquiries about the Round may be addressed to round@cusu.cam.ac.uk.